Flash floods and a landslide triggered by heavy rains killed 12 folks in Nepal and at the least 36 folks had been lacking within the Himalayan nation’s largest monsoon-related catastrophe this 12 months, officers mentioned on Thursday.
Residence Ministry official Murari Wasti mentioned rescuers had pulled 12 our bodies out from muddy particles within the Baglung district of northwest Nepal, the place almost 30 homes had been washed away by floods or buried within the landslide that struck earlier than daybreak.
Rescuers are nonetheless trying to find victims and the deaths may rise, he mentioned.
“That is the most important pure catastrophe of the 12 months,” Wasti informed Reuters. “We have now stories of 48 victims — 12 useless and 36 lacking — however there might be many extra victims as folks had been trapped whereas they had been nonetheless sleeping.”
Military spokesman Santosh B. Poudyal mentioned troopers utilizing shovels and picks had been attempting to go looking by way of the particles for survivors however that rescue work was being hampered by heavy rains that prevented helicopters from touchdown within the distant space.
Flash floods and landslides are frequent in largely mountainous Nepal in the course of the annual monsoon rains which usually begin in June and finish in September.
At the very least 287 folks have been killed and 154 injured with one other 114 lacking throughout the nation this 12 months, in response to official information.
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